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Swanage-based artist. In the last year, I have taken the opportunity to change my career from working as an ASC teacher to explore textile-based artwork. I am self taught and reached my current method of expression through experimentation. I take inspiration from the patterns I see around me. My work is built by constructing images in fabric, with a focus on layering to portray the balance between light and dark. I first sketch the subject in pencil or charcoal, before using this study to create a collage of fabric. I follow this with free motion embroidery to sketch and shade, adding the detail of the subject to the material.